Flitcroft gets his home clash with Conference club

James Dean celebrates
James Dean celebrates

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft had his FA Trophy wish granted as Chorley drew a Skrill Premier side in the second round.

The draw saw the Magpies – who were yesterday crowned the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s team of the month for November – pulled out of the hat with a home tie against either Forest Green Rovers or Dartford.

The Skrill Premier sides battle it out tonight, Tuesday, for a tie at the Magpies on Saturday, December 14.

Flitcroft, without specifying a team, had said ahead of the draw: “A Conference club would be excellent for all the fans at the club.”

The Magpies will also be taking to the field tonight as they battle basement side Droylsden in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

But Flitcroft won’t be taking Droylsden lightly despite them having just two points to their name.

He said: “We will be going flat out as we need the three points.

“I watched them against FC United during the week and three points is the key.”

Flitcroft also touched on his side’s team spirit after a battling performance on Saturday against Curzon Ashton.

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Flitcroft said: “We we’re outstanding today, despite having to play with 10 men after the dismissal of Mark Ross.

“The endeavour you saw from us and our battling performance was magnificent.

“I thought Adam Mather was absolutely superb for the goal and Josh Hine is an excellent finisher.”

“We never gave up when we went down to 10 men. We had to be solid but the fitness levels of the lads were excellent and everybody did their job.”

The Magpies were without midfield maestro Jake Cottrell on Saturday due to a shoulder injury.

And despite fears of a cracked collarbone. Flitcroft was pleased that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

He said: “It’s turned out his collarbone is badly bruised so I’m hoping I can welcome him back to the side in 10 days.

“I think Kieran Walmsley will probably be another 10 days or two weeks away.”

Coach travel is still available for tonight’s game away at Droylsden and you can call Cath Still on 07866 774624 for more information.

The Magpies take on Barwell this Saturday as they agains enjoy some league action at Victory Park.

Kick off is 3pm.